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Kerry aims for Mideast deal within nine months

Negotiators will reconvene in 2 weeks for talks

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would convene again in the Middle East within two weeks and that their goal would be to work out a comprehensive peace agreement within nine months that would lead to an independent Palestinian state.

“The parties have agreed to remain engaged in sustained, continuous, and substantive negotiations on the core issues,” Kerry said at the State Department, flanked by Tzipi Livni, Israel’s justice minister, and Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator.

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